The Growling Swan 22/9

Monday, 22nd September – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Chris & Ron On Top At The Mountain!

It was the start of a new week and the challenging Mountain Shadow was our booked venue so we made our way to The Growling Swan in readiness for our departure. We had 2 mini vans booked with Alain transporting the “overflow” and we handed out welcomes to Martin Todd who had just returned from a week of golf in Japan, Chris Stewart, Steve Jones & Leeroy Bloomfield from Western Australia and our old mate Roy “Plums” Dayton who was back with us from San Francisco and his lady Kae. We were able to leave the GS 7 minutes early as all were on time and after a 45 minute drive we arrived at the golf course where it was fairly quiet. After a few minutes on the Practice Putting Green we headed off to the first tee and decided to use the Blue Tees which meant a test for some of us. We had 2 three balls at the head of the field and the first one hit off 20 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.40 am in excellent weather conditions although somewhat hot and steamy. The golf course was in great shape and the greens were very well prepared as usual and with no-one ahead of us we maintained a very good pace, reaching the half way mark in one hour & fifty minutes. After stopping for a drinks break before the 13th tee our pace slowed down a bit, especially as after coming off the 14th tee good old Buckers was seen writhing on the ground in agony after being accidentally hit in the “orchestra stalls” by JP’s caddy. After a quick perusal of the Rules Book it was decided that there would be no penalty to Buckers or the caddy and we proceeded at a reasonable pace, finishing the round in three hours & forty five minutes. It had been a very enjoyable round with excellent company although very hot and it was great to get into the showers afterwards.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 14 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 15 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

There were a couple of very good scores but many very ordinary ones so I guess the golf course was the winner on the day but it was no trouble for Chris Stewart who won the A Division with a fine 39 points with good old Ebrahim in second place with 34 points and your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn in third spot after scoring 33 points. Ron Grafton was the winner in B Division with 37 points, 4 points ahead of John Anderson in second place and Steve Jones took out third spot with 27 points.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

Division A – 0 to 14
1st – Chris Stewart (4) – 39 points
2nd – Ebrahim (12) – 34 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (13) – 33 points

Division B – 15 and over
1st – Ron Grafton (15) – 37 points
2nd – John Anderson (32) – 33 points
3rd – Steve Jones (22) – 27 points

5th – Chris Stewart
8th – Duangjai Tusagad
15th – Martin Todd
17th – Takeshi Hakozaki
9th – Ebrahim
18th – Chris Stewart

The Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was won by Gordon Clegg and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Geri then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to the bar for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and there were several of us recounting the day’s events whilst watching the AFL Brownlow Medal Count from Melbourne. Congratulations to Matt Priddis from my team West Coast Eagles who won the medal after a consistently good year.

Growling Swan Golf, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to

We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.


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